The Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CRMW) aims to protect migrant workers and their families from exploitation and human rights violations irrespective of their migration status.
The Convention reaffirms the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights conventions.
The Convention defines civil and political rights in relation to the specific situation of migrant workers (e.g. the right to have consular authorities informed in the event they are arrested) and contains provisions on breaches of migration legislation and prohibitions (e.g. prohibition of collective expulsions).
It also sets out the economic, social and cultural rights of migrant workers in view of their particular situation, e.g. the right to basic medical care or the right of access to education for children of migrant workers.
The UN adopted the Convention on 18 December 1990. It came into force on 1 July 2003. Switzerland has neither signed nor ratified the Convention.
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families